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Corte Gardoni Custoza White 2017, Kermit Lynch

 

A blend of Gargenaga, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Cortese and a small percentage of other white grapes for pizzazz! Sustainable farming. Imported by Kermit Lynch.    

        When on the hunt for crisp everyday whites, it is natural to turn to appellations like Chablis, Mâcon, or Sancerre—the tried and true old reliables. But with yields down in Burgundy and prices for good Sancerre slowly creeping up, why not branch out and travel off the beaten path to find real value and experience new flavors?
        That road leads right to Corte Gardoni, the Veneto farm run by the Piccoli family just south of Lake Garda. Founder Gianni Piccoli, who is all but retired and has handed the keys to the kingdom to his three sons, is something of a local legend. Having resisted the wave of globalization that saw native grape varieties uprooted in favor of international ones, this man is a hero to like-minded peers. And Gianni is an outlier in more ways than one: he has also proudly refused to raise his prices over the years, allowing us to continue offering his wines at bargain cost.
      Piccoli’s Custoza is incredibly complete—it is hard to think of anything out of place or missing—spring-fresh bouquet, complex flavors, good body, pleasant acidity, and a stimulating finish. Garganega is the secret weapon in the blend, while a number of other local grapes combine to complete the experience. This charming little Venetian white will dance a jig along with any platter you place in front of it. —Anthony Lynch

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"Rock Star" Italian Winemaker @MetroWines

News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

About: Italian Wine Tasting with Winemaker Alesandro Cellai 
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and "Ciao Asheville" as we host "Rock Star" Winemaker Alesandro Cellai of Feudi del Pisciotto (http://www.castellare.it/en/feudi-del-pisciotto/) on Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 5pm @MetroWines.
 
Alesandro Cellai will present Cabernet Sauvignon, Frappato, Grillo and Nero d'Avola from Fuedi del Pisciotto "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines. 
 
About Alesandro Cellai from Charleston Wine And Food: 
Follow alesandro Cellai on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cellaiale?lang=en

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Michele d'Aprix at MetroWines!

 

News Release: Thursday, October 18th

About: Michele d'Aprix Wine Tasting
 
Winemaker Michele d'Aprix pours 5 of her wines on Wednesday, November 21st, from 3 to 6pm @MetroWines just in time for Thanksgiving.
 
Originally from upstate New York, Michele started as a bartender in Boston while studying chemistry. Her expertise in multi-tasking landed Michele a job at Dry Creek Winery in California. From there, Michele attended U.C. Davis earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology. 
 
Today, she is a protege of Stephane Derenocourt, one of the most important consultants in Bordeaux. Most importantly, we understand that Michele is the only American woman making wine in Bordeaux. Some have called Michele the "new face of Bordeaux."
 
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include her popular Pentimento 2014 Bordeaux, 2017 Maz Caz Blanc White Rhone Blend, 2016 Maz Caz Rouge Red Rhone Blend, 2017 Pierre Angulaire Sauvignon Blanc and Maz Caz Rose.

"Word is that Michele is serving her Maz Caz Wines for Thanksgiving with her family in Raleigh," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Michele tells us that this vintage of the Rose is especially perfect for the holiday table!"

About Michele d'Aprix in MountainX: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/mountainx-does-bordeaux

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois

Philippe Bourgeois Goes "Behind the Bar @MetroWines" for a Thanksgiving Wine Tasting "on the house."

News Release: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
About: Thanksgiving Wine Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois
 
The Asheville School of Wine hosts local importer, Philippe Bourgeois, for a tasting of Beaujolais and other French Wines from his portfolio perfect for the holiday table and celebrations on Friday, November 16th from 5:30 to 6:30 "behind the bar" @MetroWines.
 
"This is a great occasion to celebrate the French connection to America and, at the same time, support a local Asheville business." says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Go French for the holidays!"
 
Jp-Bourgeois is celebrating a 90 Point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for their 2016 Chateau Lamothe Castera Cuvee Margaux.
 
More About JP-Bourgeois: https://jp-bourgeois.com/
Follow Philippe on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/besteurowines?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
 
 
 

 

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Wines You Never Knew You Loved

News Release: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

About: Wine Class @MetroWines
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6 to 7pm @MetroWines for a class on "Wines You Never Knew You Loved."
"The class addresses varietals and styles that you probably passed by in shops but are incredibly appealing." says Andy Hale. "Step outside your comfort zone!"
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Beer JUST for Dogs

 

When Megan and Steve Long's Rottweiler mix, Rocky, started having digestion problems, the couple needed a way to help him keep his food down.

Megan scoured the internet looking for remedies, but none seemed to do the trick.

"I'm not a crazy dog lady. I just really wanted to prolong my boy's life," she said.

Then she stumbled up a solution she could brew: "Beer" for dogs – a nonalcoholic beverage packed with healthy ingredients for pooches. Fast forward almost a year, and Good Boy Dog Beer company sells three different beers throughout Houston in more than 20 dog-friendly restaurants and bars.

And they're not alone. Across the U.S., dog "breweries" have sprouted up in the past 10 years crafting beverages for dogs that allow owners to share a cold one with their pet while also giving them with a nutritious treat.

Entire Story HERE!

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Women Always Brewed !!

From The Wall Street Journal

By 

 

These days, every neighborhood bar celebrates Oktoberfest, but the original fall beer festival is the one in Munich, Germany—still the largest of its kind in the world. Oktoberfest was started in 1810 by the Bavarian royal family as a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Nowadays, it lasts 16 days and attracts some 6 million tourists, who guzzle almost 2 million gallons of beer.

Yet these staggering numbers conceal the fact that, outside of the developing world, the beer industry is suffering. Beer sales in the U.S. last year accounted for 45.6% of the alcohol market, down from 48.2% in 2010. In Germany, per capita beer consumption has dropped by one-third since 1976. It is a sad decline for a drink that has played a central role in the history of civilization. Brewing beer, like baking bread, is considered by archaeologists to be one of the key markers in the development of agriculture and communal living.

In Sumer, the ancient empire in modern-day Iraq where the world’s first cities emerged in the 4th millennium BC, up to 40% of all grain production may have been devoted to beer. It was more than an intoxicating beverage; beer was nutritious and much safer to drink than ordinary water because it was boiled first. The oldest known beer recipe comes from a Sumerian hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer, composed around 1800 BC. The fact that a female deity oversaw this most precious commodity reflects the importance of women in its production. Beer was brewed in the kitchen and was considered as fundamental a skill for women as cooking and needlework.

 

The ancient Egyptians similarly regarded beer as essential for survival: Construction workers for the pyramids were usually paid in beer rations. The Greeks and Romans were unusual in preferring wine; blessed with climates that aided viticulture, they looked down on beer-drinking as foreign and unmanly. (There’s no mention of beer in Homer.)

Northern Europeans adopted wine-growing from the Romans, but beer was their first love. The Vikings imagined Valhalla as a place where beer perpetually flowed. Still, beer production remained primarily the work of women. With most occupations in the Middle Ages restricted to members of male-only guilds, widows and spinsters could rely on ale-making to support themselves. Among her many talents as a writer, composer, mystic and natural scientist, the renowned 12th century Rhineland abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also an expert on the use of hops in beer.

The female domination of beer-making lasted in Europe until the 15th and 16th centuries, when the growth of the market economy helped to transform it into a profitable industry. As professional male brewers took over production and distribution, female brewers lost their respectability. By the 19th century, women were far more likely to be temperance campaigners than beer drinkers.

When Prohibition ended in the U.S. in 1933, brewers struggled to get beer into American homes. Their solution was an ad campaign selling beer to housewives—not to drink it but to cook with it. In recent years, beer ads have rarely bothered to address women at all, which may explain why only a quarter of U.S. beer drinkers are female.

As we’ve seen recently in the Kavanaugh hearings, a male-dominated beer-drinking culture can be unhealthy for everyone. Perhaps it’s time for brewers to forget “the king of beers”—Budweiser’s slogan—and seek their once and future queen.

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November Wine Focus Group

About Mutual

News Release: Friday, October 12th

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for November
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group. Play wine shop owner for the night!
 
The evening will be hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution. Four wines will be presented for your consideration. Should the wines be on our shelves? What should the wines cost? 
 
"We value the input and guidance of our customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are all in this together!"
 
The event is "on the house" but you do need to let us know that you will be joining us. Please call (828) 575-9525 or register online at https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
Please note that due to our event schedule, we will be gathering on the first Wednesday rather than the second Wednesday of the month.
 
Contact: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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Yangarra Wins!

 

We had a rollicking, rollicking I say, night at the October Wine Focus Group @MetroWines. Stacy Strong of Empire Distriution hosted presenting four wines and Any Hale, Director of The Asheville Shool of Wine, added commentary on fining, filtering as well as describing what "biodynamic" is all about. We leaned. We laughed. We left with confidence.

Yangarra PF Shiraz from McLarenvale, Australia, was the wine that nearly everyone agreed upon. Made more in the old world style than other popular versions of Shiraz, Yangarra has returned to the tradition of Shiraz. Rather than a big, let's be frank here, fruitbomb, Yangarra presents complexity in flavors and aromas in a slightly lighter body. Comments of leather and chocolate were common. And this is what we like to hear when a wine is presented, that the wine is so well made that you can actually identify flavors!

The Focus Group was of the opinion that this wine stood in a class of its own. Yangarra is a new world wine made with old world traditions and minimal, if any, interference from vine to bottle. The Group thought this wine coudl be served chilled and could handle a concoction of flavors that you might find on a holiday table. Shop Yangarra @MetroWines!

Winery Notes:

PF (Preservative Free) Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings. It’s medium bodied, fresh, fruit driven wine that is delicious enjoyed as a young wine. With that in mind, we do have PF shiraz back to our first vintage of 2013 that is still showing some of lovely vibrant characters.

DETAIL

WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz

REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA

WINEMAKING: Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment, pressed after 10-12 days on skins, no additives, no fining, only filtration.

VINEYARD INFORMATION

The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.

REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz

VINE AGE: 19-23 year-old vines

ELEVATION: 150-180m above sea level

VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane

WINEMAKING INFORMATION

Sourced from Block 19 on our single vineyard estate, picked on two separate dates; 22nd and 27th February. De-stemmed and mechanically sorted with 50% whole berries retained. Open fermenters. Cold soaked, wild yeast ferment. Basket pressed after 10 - 12 days on skins. No additives were used throughout entire
production. Bottled in May 2018, after completing malolactic fermentation. No fining occurred, just filtration. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

ALCOHOL: 13.0%

T.A.:  5.1 g/L

pH:  3.73

WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser

CASES:  2,875 cases

 

 

 

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Wines of The New World

News Release:  Wednesday, October 10th
About: Asheville School of Wine Class on New World Style
 
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, for "Wines of The New World" on Tuesday, October 16th from 6 to 7pm @Metrowines. Find out what is meant by "old world" and "new world" styles in winemaking and taste the difference.
 
"Not every wine style pairs with every dish or is appropriate to go solo," says Andy Hale. " Learn how the same varietal has been made wine differently through generations!"
 
$25. Class limited to 20 participants. For reservations, please call (828) 575-9525 or shop online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-16th-wines-of-the-new-world/

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Visintini Franconia

About This Franconia

 100% Franconia violets, pomegranate and blueberrry. Less than four miles from the border with Slovenia - the Visintini Family continues the work of their great-grandfather, Domenico, who bought the estate in the late 1800s. Their wine cellar dates to the 1200s but their winery is very modern. This Franconia is hand-harvested and fermented in cement tanks. No manuiulation or additives. Clean Wine. While work in the cellar is minimal, Visintini's work in the vineyards is extensive. With certified organic vines moving toward biodynamic, the Visintinis are continuing the 800 year legacy of their land. Heavier, creamy cheeses and spicy sausages are great pairs fr this Franconia!

 

About Visinitini from Piedmont Wine Imports in Durham

Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind. You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884. A respectable portion of the original 13th century cellar is crammed with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash. Amphorae of biodynamically farmed Pignolo line the hallway outside, wine that won’t be ready to sell until 2016. In another restored alcove rest bottle of Refosco di Peduncolo Rosso and other cool indigenous grapes: Fruili actually has more indigenous reds than whites. The Visintini siblings do fine work with both.

Visintini is a clean, organized, efficient modern winery. The family are intellectual and inquisitive about wine, connected to the larger world outside of the Colli Orientali DOP and at the same time very aware of farms making interesting wine in Friuli. It’s fun to watch them hang out and talk shop with other growers in the local oenoteca in Cormons. Gossip about Colli Orientali and Collio is passed around, along with many bottles of the best wines of each DOP. And abundant prosciutto.  

The Visintinis farm twenty five hectares of indigenous grapes (Ribolla, Verduzzo, Friulano, Franconia) the bulk of which are in close proximity to the cellar. The winery was significantly expanded in 1976 by Andrea (the trio’s father) allowing for their current robust 140,000 bottle annual production, more or less. The new portion built by Andrea rests a full six meters underground, perfect for long term storage of the estate’s amphorae and bottle-aged reds. Andrea also installed the mixture of cement and stainless steel tanks that are used to ferment and age Visintini’s white wines. Their guiding principle in the cellar is to do as little as possible. In the fields Oliviero is charting a path toward biodynamic agriculture. After years of organic farming they are recently certified, and have begun making their own biodynamic composts and other preparations.  

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Thanksgiving Rose' Tasting @MetroWines

News Release: October 9th, 2018

About: Thanksgiving Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
Join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 7pm to taste Rose' from around the world perfect for the Thanksgiving celebration. Different varietals in different styles but all with a little more weight and heavier aromas and flavors to complement the holiday table and celebrations.
 
"Rose" can be served all year as an aperitif, with a dish presenting a complex mix of flavors, with peppery recipes, turkey and herbaceous stuffing, even dessert," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Rose' works all year long." 
 
Join the international community. Celebrate the holidays, friends and family, the end of the year and the beginning of a new year with Rose!
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Buttafuoco, Insolia, Dark Side, Washington Reds Tasting, Focus Group, Iberian Class, Tempranillo, French Tasting, Case Club

 

BUTTAFUOCO
Bad Name. OK. Let's Face It. VERY Bad Name. 

But WOW! Great Wine!

From Rosenthal Wine Merchants,
a blend of 
CroatinaBarbera & Uva Rara

Intense and brilliant ruby red with shades of purple and violet. 
The nose is intense, harmonious, with good vinosity with a pleasant hint 
of small red fruits. In the mouth it is quite soft, full, fresh, slightly tannic,
of excellent structure with sensations of austerity and persistence.

$19.99


Bellifelli, a project of Valle dell'Acate
from Friend of MetroWines, Gaetana Jocano Gola!!

Insolia, Sicilia DOC, $15.99

"The notes of citrus fruit, the jasmine aromas, and the typical
greenish yellow color of Insolia have inspired a reassuring
and serene face which suggests fragrance and balance." 
The Dark Side of Wine
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine
What's REALLY REALLY in Your Glass
(Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid)
Wednesday, October 30th starting 6pm @MetroWines

$20 plus tax. Seating Limited to 20. Event Credit Only.
Call (828) 575-9525

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/dark-side-of-wine-part-deux
** Seated Washington State REDs Tasting **
with Small Plates from Bone&Broth!!

Wednesday, October 24th
from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines

$25 plus tax. Seated limited to 20. Event Credit Only
Call (828) 575-9525

Or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/washington-state-reds-seated-tasting
Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 to 6:30
@MetroWines

Call (828) 575-9525
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-october-10/


The Iberian Peninsula

with Andy Hale 
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

Tuesday, October 9th from 6 to 7pm. $25 plus tax.
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-9-the-iberian-peninsula/

Morales Tempranillo 2016
This riper version of Tempranillo shows black cherries and blueberries,
along with sandalwood and sawdust from American oak. The finish reflects its warm region origins with some raisins and dusty earth lingering on the palate.

** $11.99 **

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux
with Philippe Bourgeois

Presentation and 5 Wines Paired with Small Plates

Wednesday, October 17th
from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

call (828) 575-9525 or online:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/seated-french-wine-tasting-part-deux/

 


Ancient Animal Themed Drinkware

William Kole for Associated press
https://apnews.com/e5e4ebcdc56242f28d6322ea75a50f6d

Nice. BUT Better Idea...... 
Riedel Glasses and The Case Club @MetroWines!

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October Great Rose Tasting Winner: Sesti

100% Sangiovese Rose Imported by Kermit Lynch

SESTI

Sesti

Although he always enjoyed visiting vineyards and attending tastings, Giuseppe Maria “Giugi” Sesti did not initially choose a career in wine. Instead, his Venetian upbringing inspired him to study music, art, and astronomy, the last of which became his profession. He met his future wife in North Wales while writing his first book on this topic, and in 1975 Giugi and Sarah moved their family to Tuscany, where they bought the abandoned ruins of the hamlet and castle of Argiano, slowly clearing the land and restoring the buildings to create the breathtaking estate we see there today. Giugi was now a father of four, vice-director of a local Baroque opera festival, and actively writing books on astronomy, but he miraculously found spare time to visit local wineries and help his neighbors in the vineyards and cellar. His passion for wine grew along with his experience, and in 1991 he planted his own vineyards on the slopes around the castle. The children helped pick and stomp grapes from the earliest age, and though they, too, pursued international studies in various fields, they always managed to come home for the harvest. In 1999 the couple’s only daughter, Elisa, joined the estate full time, and today she is an active partner in all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking.


While helping out at neighboring estates Giugi observed that simplicity and careful attention were the most important factors in producing great wines, while chemical intervention skewed their delicate balance; so he determined to make entirely natural wines right from the start. He even took a pioneering extra step by applying his prodigious knowledge of the moon’s influence on living things to his vineyard management and winemaking. Today the family continues this thoroughly eco-friendly philosophy (although no official certification currently meets their personal standards), and Elisa’s primary concern is the materia prima, or raw material, that goes into the wine. The Sesti lineup includes a white Sauvignon and a Sangiovese Rosato born directly of necessity, since the family wanted something light and cooling to drink under the hot summer sun; they were forced to increase production when visiting friends and clients tried these wines and started placing orders. But their basic trio—the Brunello, Brunello Riserva “Phenomena,” and Rosso di Montalcino—provides traditional expressions of the appellation, robust and powerful yet refreshing, with great aging potential in the Brunellos.

 

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Thanksgiving Tasting with Philippe Bourgeois

 

 

News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
About: Thanksgiving Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Join Philippe Bourgeois on Friday, November 16th from 5 to 6:30 to taste Beaujolais and other wines perfect for Thanksgiving from his portfolio of imported French wines "on the house."
 
JP Bourgeois is a highly specialized wine importer of French and Spanish wines, focusing solely on handcrafted, sustainably farmed or certified organic wines.
 
More about JPBourgeois here: https://jp-bourgeois.com/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Cotes du Rhone Flavors and Trip

News Release: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

About: Rhone Wine Tasting and Trip @MetroWines.
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, November 4th from 3 to 4pm @MetroWines for an educational wine tasting and discussion of the Cotes du Rhone wine region of France. The wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie will accompany the presentation followed by a discussion of travel opportunities to the area.
 
The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 5756-9525, contact Sylvie Delaunay at france26120@gmail.com or online at https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Seated French Wine Tasting Part Deux

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
About: Seated French Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Philippe Bourgeois hosts a seated tasting of five of his imported French Wines paired with small plates of charcuterie and French cheeses on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
 
Wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux and Chateauneuf du Pape from the Bourgeois Portfolio.
 
Please call (828) 575-9525 for reservations or shop in our online store: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Tremenda, Wine Class, Lubanzi, Rose' Tasting, Puglia, Lucarelli


La Tremenda Monastrell 2016

92 Points, Wine Advocate, $12.99

From the 30-year old La Tremenda vineyard, the 100% low yielding
Monastell vines are grown at 2200 feet. Aged for 6 months in French Oak. 

Winery Tasting Notes: "Bright ruby-red in color, the wine shows notes
of fresh black cherries and red berries with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa.
On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length.
Pair it with pork chops, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips." 


*** Travel to Italy Through Wine ***

with Andy Hale
Director of The Asheville School of Wine

on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6 to 7pm
$25 plus tax. Call (828) 575-9525

Tickets here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-2-italy/
Heading toward medium bodied, this is a transitional white wine.

91 Points James Suckling, $14.99 

   "A lively green color, with hues of pale straw is the first indication the wine is both fresh and complex. The nose offers an intriguing array of fruits - sliced November figs, ripe nectarine and freshly-peeled satsumas (we call them naatjies!). In the background is the hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine again and a fresh core of green melon. There is the hint of banana bread as well. It is moreish and beautifully balanced. But the excitement doesn’t stop there – the finish is creamy and long and fresh like watermelon sorbet. Very delicious."
October Great Rose Tasting 
Four on the Pour "on the house" ALL Day Long
on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines

Rose that's a little heavier in flavor and body for the coming cooler weather.
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/october-great-rose-tasting

"What,"  you say? Rose in October?
Call me crazy but they're still doing it in Paris and doing it all year long.

https://www.lesmaquereaux.com/

It's THAT Time of Year Again
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala in Washington DC.
This year, the Region of Honor is Puglia featuring a sit-down dinner
prepared and hosted by with Lidia Bastianich!
Experience a typical Pugliese dinner perfectly paired with Pugliese wine.
Want to join in the fun? http://www.niaf.org/
Can't go but you want Puglia? Try Lucarelli Negroamaro!
NIAF is also offering a service for those interested in Italian Dual Citizenship
http://www.niaf.org/culture/dual-citizenship/
Follow all things Italian on "Ciao Asheville" right here:

https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/
And you can Start Learning
"Survival Italian" with Michael Scardaville

here: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/learning-italian
Luccarelli Negroamaro, Puglia
Lucarelli is a reflection of the colors of Puglia.  
Ruby red in the glass with purple hues, intense, and fruity,
with notes of black black currants and berries. Medium bodied, velvety with a good balance between freshness and smooth palate, long-lasting and savory finish.
Big Red with 13.5%alc. A Shop Favorite. $15.99
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Tenute del Cerro Tasting List

 

The Wine of Tenute del Cerro

Giacomo Alari, Export Sales Manager

will present and discuss these wines paired with Small Plates from STRADA

on Friday, September 21st from 5:30 to 6:30

Event Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville" The Asheville Italian Cultural Forum

*** Tickets HERE! ***

Tenute del Cerro is composed of five estates including four wine estates in two of the most important regions of Italy, Toscana and Umbria, with almost 5000Ha of owned land, of which approximately 300 are vineyards.

Awards and prizes given by the Italian and foreign press to Fattoria del Cerro‘s Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos, La Poderina’s Brunello di Montalcinos and Colpetrone’s Montefalco Sagrantinos are testament to Tenute del Cerro’s uncompromising work in harmony with the territory and the commitment of highly qualified staff who is deeply linked to the history of wines and production area.

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014, Tuscany                              

100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese clone) aged 12 months French and Slavonian oak barrels                                 

“Tre Bicchieri”                                                              - Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines 2018           

“A layered and ripe red with plum and chocolate character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins and a delicious

finish. Just right now.”                                                                          - 91 points, JamesSuckling.com

La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013, Tuscany                                                             

100% Sangiovese Grosso                                                                                                                                     

Aged 25 months in French barriques (1/3), tonneaux (1/3) and 110Hl Slavonian oak casks (1/3)                                                   

“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine and a protagonist of this vintage. I love the purity of the fruit

and the direct manner in which it is delivered. This wine exhibits intensity and a careful sense of balance in which

dark cherry fruit and blackberry are folded into spice, tar and licorice. The effect is seamless and elegant. This wine

has the inner flexibility to drink in the near or the long term.”                             - 94 points, Wine Advocate
                                                                                                                                               

“Dark ruby-red. Strong notes of aromatic herbs, flint and licorice complicate red cherry and berry aromas and flavors.

Very long, fresh and clean, offering serious but polished tannins, this classic Brunello ought to age and develop nicely.”

                                                                                                                    - 92+ points, Vinous

Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco DOC 2013/14, Umbria 

70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels                                       

“The 2013 Montefalco Rosso is a dense and hearty red wine with ample structure and concentration. The wine is

infused with pressed cherry, blackberry, Christmas spice and cured tobacco.”        - 89 points, Wine Advocate

“A round and velvety red showing chocolate, walnut and wet-earth character together with plummy fruit. Medium

body, soft texture and a delicious finish. Why wait on this one?” - 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (2013 vintage)

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2011, Umbria                                                 

100% Sagrantino aged 12 months in heavy-toast French barriques, followed by 24 months in cement tanks                  

and then 36 months in stainless steel tanks

“So much pressed lavender to the nose here as well as the classic brambleberries but also some hints of sour

cherries, leather and Chinese spices. This is full and delicious with mouth-coating tannins, driven acidity and a

compact yet long finish. Better in 2020.”                                                    - 93 points, JameSuckling.com

Fattoria del Cerro Vin Santo di Montepulciano “Sangallo” DOC 2013, Tuscany 

60% Trebbiano and 40% Malvasia dried 120 days; fermented and aged 24 months in 100L caratelli                             

(Extremely limited – vintage sold out)                                                                                                                                    

 

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Wine Consumer Study

 

Thought you might be interested in seeing this just released study of the wine and liquor markets across the US.
It was included in the WIne Growers News from Iowa State University.
https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/544043/2018_Webinars/4.0%20BevAlc%20(June%2020,%202018)/White%20Paper/2018%20TABS%20Bev-Alc%20Study%20FINAL.pdf?t=1536853786854

Some of the key findings from this survey include:
        1       66% of U.S. adult consumers (21+) purchase alcohol beverages with 45% regulary purchasing wine and 35% regularly purchasing liquor. 
        2       Consumers in the Northeast purchase more alcohol than on the West coast. 
        3       A similar percentage of both men & women purchase wine. 
        4       The of wine purchasers continues to grow steadily from 55% of those with an annual income of $125-$149K - $149,000 to 68% of those with an income of $250K+. 
        5       Non-Hispanic whites tend to purchase more wine than other ethnicities, while non- Hispanic blacks and Asians indicate they purchase liquor at greater levels. 
        6       Only 5% of regular wine purchasers and 9% of regular liquor purchasers strongly agreed that they would cut back on those purchases when cannabis was legal. 
        7       Only 19% of regular wine purchasers say they know wine brands, and fewer – 16% say they look for deals. 
        8       Walmart (29%) is the leading retail outlet for wine and number two for liquor (20%) in the U.S. 
        9       Point of purchase is very important as consumer behaviors can shift dramatically. 

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